Fans will be excited to learn about more casting news that has surfaced concerning Season 2 of Outlander. According to Entertainment Weekly, Lionel Lingelser is set to play King Louis XV when the hit series returns to television in 2016.
The French actor will be playing a charming Louis XV, who has no problems getting what he desires, including women. Although he isn’t expected to be on the same level as Black Jack Randall last season, Louis does get a little heartless when he doesn’t get what he wants.
After fleeing Scotland to avoid Black Jack Randall, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) will be introduced to King Louis XV as they travel to Paris, France, this season. Part of the storyline in the new season involves Sam and Claire attempting to stop the Jacobite Rebellion from ever happening, which means they will have to mingle with the politicians of the French court, which includes King Louis.
For his part, Lingelser is a graduate of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Paris, which makes him ideal to play the French King. Along with his upcoming project, Big House, the actor will be a recurring character throughout Season 2 of Outlander.
Meanwhile, according to Carter Matt, production for the new season of Outlander has been going on for over a month now. The cast and crew have been filming primarily in Scotland, with a few of the outside city scenes also being shot in Prague. With the series moving to Paris, France, this season, one of the major undertakings for the crew is re-creating historical Paris.
Along with the setting taking place in France, the new season will see Jamie and Claire attempting to put their lives back together following Jamie’s ordeal with Randall, which saw him imprisoned and sexually assaulted.
Additionally, Claire is carrying Jamie’s child, which will add another element of intrigue to the story. At the same time, it isn’t clear just how King Louis XV will interact with Jamie and Claire, and if he will take a liking to the latter. If he does attempt to get with Claire, it will be interesting to see how she deals with this, and how it will affect her and Jamie’s plan to stop the rebellion and the Battle of Culloden.
While an official release date hasn’t been announced, the second season of Outlander is expected to premiere sometime in early 2016.
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